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High school principal puts camera in bathroom

Mack Bedor went to the bathroom one day at school, and was shocked to find a video camera. He wasn’t sure what to do, so he took out the camera, took it home and showed it to his mother, Cindy Champion. School officials gave him a five-day suspension for “stealing school property.’ The school is

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Denver bus riders forced to show ID or risk arrest and prosecution

Deborah Davis was riding the bus to work in Denver one fateful morning last September, when security guards boarded the bus and demanded to see everyone’s ID. Davis refused and federal police boarded and arrested her. The Denver bus route that Davis used happens to cross the Denver Federal Center, and although Davis doesn’t get

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Smoking bans not about health of non-smokers

A couple of interesting notes about smoking bans being passed or in effect in various places around the country. First off, it seems they aren’t about clearing the air for non-smokers after all. If you’ve gotten used to smoke-free bars, here’s a new concept to wrap your mind around: smoke-free cigar lounges. This innovation comes

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Online Freedom of Speech Act

H.R. 1606, known as the Online Freedom of Speech Act, comes up for a vote Wednesday in the House of Representatives. The act would protect people such as myself from the evil Federal Election Commission, which has proposed regulations which would stifle free speech on the Internet in the guise of campaign finance reform.

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Chertoff: “We need to re-engineer FEMA’

Department of Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff told a House committee Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to Hurricane Katrina was “not without flaws” and that he was prepared to “re-engineer FEMA’ to respond better to future disasters. You can read Chertoff’s prepared remarks, as well as Associated Press and New York Times

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Arrest warrant issued for Tom DeLay; lawmaker to turn himself in

An arrest warrant has been issued for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) in Travis County, Texas. DeLay was indicted for conspiracy and money laundering in two separate indictments by the Travis County grand jury. DeLay has maintained his innocence. Dick DeGuerin, DeLay’s defense attorney, said that DeLay would appear and post the $10,000 bond. DeLay’s first

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Adult website tries to shut down Google Image Search

Adult entertainment website Perfect 10 has sued Google in federal court, requesting an injunction to shut down Google Image Search. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has gone to bat (PDF) for Google in this case, saying that Google Image Search is fair use under copyright law. “Google Image Search helps millions of people locate and learn

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22,000 remain in hurricane shelters

The federal government is set to miss a self-imposed Oct. 15 deadline for having all of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees out of temporary shelters. The number in shelters across the nation peaked at more than 270,000 on Sept. 8, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen said. President Bush set a mid-October goal for getting everyone

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Orange County, Calif. sheriff’s deputies continue assaults, battery

Deputies at the Orange County jail in California have a long history of assaulting and battering people brought into the jail for even the most minor offenses. And the corrupt city officials are doing nothing about it except settling out of court and paying off the inevitable lawsuits. The latest victim was Joshua Dominic Wilson,

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Why you’re always broke: 40% of your money goes to taxes

Between federal, state and local governments in the United States, about 40% of Americans’ income goes to taxes and various statutory fees. And that’s why you’re having so much trouble getting ahead. Federal income taxes are only a small portion of the taxes we pay. We also pay federal payroll taxes for Social Security and

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